2021 Ferrari-Carano Dry Sangiovese Rosé, Sonoma County
90 points, JamesSuckling.com
On the palate, white peach, watermelon and blood orange flavors are brightened by a refreshing acidity.
Reminiscent of summers past, this wine opens with aromas of strawberry cream, orange blossom, rhubarb and raspberry.
Food Pairing Notes
Served chilled, this wine’s light, fruit characteristics make it a natural choice for pairing with fresh seafood like salmon, crab or shrimp, and game meats like duck, Cornish hens, lamb or turkey. Try with Moroccan couscous, Salade Nicoise, melon and prosciutto, or chicken. Cheeses such as fresh chèvre, goat, brie, Roquefort, fromage blanc or Mt. Tam Triple Cream are also delicious.
75.9% Sangiovese, 12.3% Pinot Noir, 4.37% Grenache, 2.78% Black Muscat, 2.29% Syrah, 1.57% Zinfandel, 0.79% Other
Rosato / Rose
100% stainless steel
Primarily from Alexander Valley, the grapes for this Rose are harvested in the early morning hours when it's cool, then transported to the winery where they are gently destemmed, crushed and cold soaked on the skins for a short time before pressing -just long enough to pick up the wine's lovely pink and salmon hues and extract flavors from the skins. The grapes are then pressed to stainless tanks and settled for 24 hours. The clean juice is racked and tank fermented, followed by blending and bottling in the winter.
The winter of 2020-2021 had minimal rainfall and mild temperatures leading to drought conditions in Sonoma County. With a warmer than average winter and spring, budbreak was two weeks ahead of normal. Summer was warm and dry, with a few short heat spikes. The warm weather resulted in beautifully ripened fruit and the earliest harvest Ferrari-Carano has ever had, August 16th! The white grape harvest was finished on October 8th.